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Angela Glover Blackwell is founder and chief executive officer of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity By Lifting Up What Works®—using research to understand and demonstrate the possibilities for positive change—PolicyLink presents new and innovative solutions to old problems Since its inception in January 1999, PolicyLink has partnered with a cross-section of stakeholders to ensure that equity issues receive the highest priority in addressing major policy questions, including: ensuring reinvestment in low-income communities, encouraging smart growth, bridging the digital divide, eliminating racial health disparities, and developing leaders for policy change PolicyLink is also working to promote equitable rebuilding in Louisiana, bringing the voices of local and displaced residents into the post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction planning process Blackwell is a national authority on poverty issues, recently contributing a chapter to Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream (The New Press, 2007), an anthology edited by former Sen John Edwards She also collaborated with Tavis Smiley to develop The Covenant with Black America—a New York Times best-selling book of community and policy strategies for economic and social empowerment—and the follow-up, Covenant in Action Along with Manuel Pastor and Stewart Kwoh, she co-authored Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (WW Norton, 2002), a book that demonstrates the existence of continuing racial inequity and explores new policy framings to address the challenges that lie ahead.

She is also a frequent guest in the media and her appearances include ABC's Nightline, NOW with Bill Moyers, and National Public Radio She has been published in the opinion pages of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle; and has lectured widely on concentrated poverty and equitable development, appearing before audiences at the Chautauqua Institution, the State of the Black Union, the Global Women's Action Network for Children, and the Aspen Ideas Festival Blackwell founded PolicyLink after serving as senior vice president for The Rockefeller Foundation from 1995 to 1998 She directed the foundation's domestic and cultural divisions and developed the Next Generation Leadership and Building Democracy programs, centered on issues of inclusion, race, and policy In 1987, she founded the Urban Strategies Council in Oakland, California, and received national recognition for pioneering a community building approach to social change through in-depth understanding of local conditions, community-driven systems reform, and an insistence on accountability For a decade beginning in 1977, Blackwell served as a partner with Public Advocates, a nationally renowned public interest law firm representing the underrepresented She successfully litigated class action suits and developed innovative non-litigation strategies in the areas of employment, education, health, and consumer affairs Blackwell earned a bachelor's degree from Howard University, and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley She co-chairs the Center for American Progress task force on poverty and sits on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America She currently sits on the boards of the Children's Defense Fund, Sojourners, and the Corporation for Enterprise Development.

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Angela Glover Blackwell on Bill Moyers
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Angela Glover Blackwell on Systemic Racism
In this powerful clip, PolicyLink's Angela Glover Blackwell connects today's unrelenting cases of police violence to systemic causes, underlining the urgency of ...
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Angela Glover Blackwell: How to Sustain a Movement
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Angela Glover Blackwell on Making Equity Work Panel at 2015 Color of Wealth Summit
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder & CEO of PolicyLink, speaks on the panel entitled, “Making Equity Work: Designing and Implementing Policies to Close the ...
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John T. Dunlop Lecture: Angela Glover Blackwell
9/29/2015 Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, of PolicyLink, started the organization in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of ...
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Policy with a Conscience: Angela Glover Blackwell
This week, Angela Glover Blackwell, executive director of PolicyLink and former Obama advisor, has a long history of using policy for progressive, radical, ...
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Angela Glover Blackwell: An Amazing Moment in Time
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, talks about why this moment in time is ripe for change, for a focus on data to get results for children ...
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Angela Glover Blackwell: Equity is not a zero sum game
By making sure that everyone can participate, everyone benefits.
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Angela Glover Blackwell: We Are the Humanities
In this video, PolicyLink President and CEO Angela Blackwell shares her views of how ethnicity and individual culture affect the humanities, as well as how the ...
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Angela Glover Blackwell: Role of the Results Scorecard
PolicyLink founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell talks about what makes a program a program--shared indicators and goals, and a laser-sharp focus on ...
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Angela Glover Blackwell: CDF 40
Listen to Angela Glover Blackwell, who was a speaker at the Children's Defense Fund's 40th Anniversary Celebration: Champions Changing the Odds for ...
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PolicyLink CEO Angela Glover Blackwell on raising the minimum wage
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Martin Luther King Jr. 80th Birthday Celebration
Angela Glover Blackwell was the keynote speaker at Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday celebration at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Jan. 15, 2009, in Oakland, Calif.
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Equity Matters in Collective Impact pt. 1: Keynote Address by Angela Glover Blackwell
Part 1 of the Equity Matters in Collective Impact session from the 2015 Collective Impact Forum convening in New Orleans on May 6, 2015. Featuring: Opening ...
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View from North America, Angela Glover Blackwell
Angela Glover Blackwell of PolicyLink speaks about the necessity of equitable access to the remaking of post-industrial cities.
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28 - Angela Glover Blackwell 2016 Day 2
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO of PolicyLink, provided a closing and summary of the Equitable Development panel on day two of the 2016 p4 ...
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#8 - Angela Blackwell of Policy Link at ECCs Community College Initiative Launch
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, speaks at Emerald Cities Collaborative's Community College Initiative Launch. The event was held at ...
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Angela Glover Blackwell Keynote for GBPIs 2016 Policy Conference
GBPI's 2016 policy conference, “Charting a Path: Ensuring Economic Opportunity for Georgia's Families,” spotlighted ways to bring everyone along as the state ...
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SIF Convening 2014: Angela Glover Blackwell Keynote Address
Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink Founder and CEO, gives a keynote address on innovation and equity at the Center for Economic Opportunity and Mayor's ...
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06 - Angela Glover Blackwell 2016 p4 Pittsburgh Day 1
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO of PolicyLink, speaks on day one of the p4 Pittsburgh conference.
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